Badge of Shame

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By Joy Kam and edited by Pastor David Lai 

A brief history of Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery is one of the “three great” Gelug monastic universities of Tibet, located north of Lhasa. The other two are Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery. The Sera complex is divided into two sectors by pathways; the eastern part contains the Great Assembly Hall and the dwellings of monks, and the western part has the well-known three colleges: Sera Jey Dratsang, Sera Me Dratsang; and Ngakpa Dratsang.

Sera Jey Monastery today in Bylakuppe in Southern India

Sera Jey Monastery is located in the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe in Southern India

Sera Jey monastery was originally established by Jetsun Kunkhen Lodroe Rinchen Senge, who was one of the main disciples of Lama Tsongkhapa (1357 – 1419) in the early 15th century. After going to exile, Sera Jey Monastery was re-established in 1970 at the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe in Southern India. Today, there are more than 3500 monks living within this monastery. This great monastery is also famous for having created greatly renowned teachers like Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Geshe Rabten, Geshe Lhundub Sopa, Geshe Ngawang Dhargye and also Lama Yeshe.

A brief history of the ban

In 1996, after many lifetimes of worshipping Dorje Shugden, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama began to impose a prohibition on this 400 year old practice, without giving proper logical or scriptural reasons. Ever since then, for over 19 years, thousands of exiled Tibetans; monks, nuns and lay practitioners who practices Dorje Shugden have been ostracised, discriminated and segregated.

The Tibetan Leadership systematically implemented and encouraged the ban on Dorje Shugden by putting up signs, disseminating memos and notices to enforce the prohibition of this practice and those who continue practicing this deity were shun and rejected within their own exiled community. This act is a huge breach on Shugden worshippers’ human rights to religious freedom, as well as a breach on the practitioners’ spiritual bond (samaya) with their teacher as they are forced to abandon a sacred practice given to them by their teacher. This becomes a violation of their spiritual vows and commitments.

 

 Dalai Lama bans Dorje Shugden practice and expels monks

 

A New Ruling At Sera Jey

In recent times, His Holiness the Dalai Lama says there is no ban and that it was all just spiritual “advice” and that the monasteries have gathered together and decided on the ban. It is said that people had their freedom of choice to choose to practice or give up on the practice on Dorje Shugden even though there are so many concrete evidence of an imposed ban.

On the 25th January 2016, Sera Jey Monastic officials have issued a letter to impose a new ruling that all ‘bona fide member monks of Sera Jey wear a badge that specifically indicates whether they practice Dogyal or not. If that is the case and everything Shugden practitioners are saying about the ban is untrue, then WHY does an established monastery like Sera Jey implement an identity badge system “distinguish” the identities of their monks from Dogyal propitiating monks?

Hence, this is obviously not just “advice” against Shugden but outright discrimination and this new ruling is a proof of this. If it was really just advice, then why does an advice need to be imposed in the monasteries? There is a difference between advice and instructions, this is obviously an instruction to be enforced, and it is very clear evidence that there is discrimination and a real ban on Dorje Shugden practitioners. If this is not considered a ban or discrimination on Shugden practitioners then what is?

The above are many clear evidence of the discrimination on Dorje Shugden practitioners. As if this is not enough, we now have Sera Jey’s identity badge of hatred.

 

Questions to ponder…

Let’s just ponder these questions. If someone tells you that you have the freedom to practice any religion you want but you need to wear a badge meant to show that you are a practitioner of religion x, how would that make you feel? A normal person made to do that would immediately feel that the badge is meant to ostracize those who aren’t a practitioner of religion x. Why does anybody need to wear a badge meant to distinguish monks from Dorje Shugden practitioners? This is the same question a monk of Sera Jey would ask since the monastery had already officially expelled Dorje Shugden practitioners. By wearing the badge, monks of Sera Jey would be made to feel that the monastery is deliberately discriminating against Dorje Shugden practitioners of Sera Jey who don’t wear the badge.

It seems that Sera Jey monastery is being pressured by higher authorities to filter out a few stubborn remaining Dorje Shugden practitioners, who despite all the efforts of implementing the Shugden ban, continue to hold on to this practice. This is because the new ruling would have to be approved by the private office of the Dalai Lama before being implemented. Perhaps this is the Tibetan leadership’s final push in tightening the ban on Dorje Shugden to distract their people from their own failures in delivering an independent Tibet and the recent controversies surrounding an allegation that the recent elections was rigged. On the other hand, the pressuring of the monastery like Sera Jey to do this, the Tibetan Leadership (Central Tibetan Administration – CTA) washes their hands clean on this issue where they could say “see we’re not the ones creating discrimination or implementing any ban” but it’s the monastery’s own ruling.

So what is going to happen to those who do not wear the badge? Are they going to be excommunicated and ostracised because it is stated in the letter that this badge is meant to distinguish between those who practice Dorje Shugden. So are they saying that those who practice Dorje Shugden are not pure and therefore need to be kicked out and that people should not associate with them because they are not pure? This new ruling of wearing a badge to single out Dorje Shugden practitioners counters the very core of the teachings that the Geshes and elders of the monastery teach on generating compassion for all sentient beings.

Another important question would be where would these monks be wearing these badges? They would not have to wear the badge within the monastery as they had already sworn off the practice of Dorje Shugden. Naturally, they have to wear it to big events such as the Dalai Lama’s teachings, initiations, Geshe examinations, great debates between monasteries and all around the Tibetan community in Bylakuppe and other Tibetan communities. By doing so shops owners, businesses and the exiled community are encouraged to shun those who are Shugden practitioners by being identified by a badge of discrimination. This will create more controversy, segregation, separation, conflict and ultimately violence especially within the lay community who are already riled up by the previous implementation of the ban.

So why would Sera Jey wish to stir up disharmony and trouble for Shugden practitioners if they were pure Buddhist practitioners? If the ruling is not meant to discriminate and is strictly for a spiritual purpose, then why not implement rulings that reinforce the Vinaya vows. Why not enforce rules that would make the monks hold their vows well especially those that make monks be harmonious with each other, behave and speak in such a way that inspire faith and respect? Why enforce a badge that divides people? In the history of the various Buddhist monastic universities, there has never been such a rule where one needs to wear a badge to indicate their practice and promote further segregation and disunity amongst the Sangha?

The Sera Jey discriminatory badge ruling has similarities with Hitler’s implementation of the yellow badge for Jews, which was a mandatory ID badge. The badge was sewn on a person’s outer garments and immediately identified Jews of the young and old to be rounded up into various groups so that they can be tortured and murdered on a massive scale.

Since Sera Jey had started this badge ruling, it will be a moral and psychological pressure for the other monasteries to implement this rule. The reason is simple, because all the monasteries want to compete to curry His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s favour, as there are benefits to be gained from this. For example, when His Holiness pays a visit to Sera Je monastery to give teachings and pictures are inevitably taken and this would place them in a good light.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is seen here in one of the teachings at Sera Jey Monastery, Bylakuppe, India (December 2013)

By associating themselves with His Holiness closely, this would show to the world that they are ‘pure and legitimate’ and that the Dalai Lama backs them up, and this will gain them more prestige and fame hence more sponsorship, donations and of course more members to join them in order to make them grow further. There is nothing wrong with that because real practitioners would rejoice in any Dharma institution’s growth because it will benefit more people but the means and method that Sera Je is adopting to gain material resources are actually against human rights as it segregates people, inevitably causes more pain and suffering to others, and that is downright wrong and that is the injustice of this illogical ruling of wearing a badge. This is something we should and simply cannot allow and it is something we, not just a Shugden practitioners, but as human beings, should speak up against because this is a clear and direct proof of the ban on Dorje Shugden and that is against the freedom of religion.

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Some may ask “why is wearing a badge viewed as negative as there are many organisations out there that wear badges.” The issue here is not about wearing a badge, the issue is why do we need to wear a badge to distinguish between Shugden practitioners and non-practitioners? Why do we even need to distinguish anyone if it leads to something positive? We have seen much suppression, segregation, and bias towards Shugden practitioners who have suffered so much conflict for over 19 years. In the end, this badge is just going to perpetuate the negative oppression and segregation even further. The reason is because the badge like the Dorje Shugden hit list from the Tibetan leadership has only served to incite further discrimination and violence.

The Dorje Shugden hit list from the Tibetan leadership which has only serve to incite discrimination against Shugden practitioners.

Therefore, this badge from Sera Jey Monastery is not a statement of identity, peace, harmony or to create anything positive amongst the monks of Sera Jey but rather, it has become a symbol of injustice inflicted on Dorje Shugden practitioners as a whole. This has become the first Buddhist apartheid the world has ever seen.  The ‘advice’ by His Holiness the Dalai Lama against Dorje Shugden has created further discrimination against the followers of this protector now in the form of this identity badge of shame. 

 

For other related articles of interest:
http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden

NOTE: Something interesting is that according to WeChat, a communications mobile chat app on smartphones, many of Sera Jey Monastery’s monks have expressed their wishes not to implement this badge system as it will create more discrimination and harm. But the monastic heads in collusion with the Tibetan leadership went ahead with it anyways.

Screenshot of announcement on Sera Jey’s website

Link to announcement on Sera Jey’s website: http://www.serajeymonastery.org/component/content/article/152-announcement/969-identity-badge-of-sera-jey.html

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Comments such as this one left by ‘Suzy in Hawaii’ on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube channel is becoming common. After demonizing Dorje Shugden for twenty years, the Tibetan leadership is fast losing its supporters to logic and better information. In this comment Suzy writes honestly how she held on her jaundiced view of Shugden only because the words of the Dalai Lama colored her judgement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

    __________________________________

    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 1, 2016 at 4:18 am

    If people wear badges and are identified as Dorje Shudgen practitioners, there is no benefit for the practitioners whatsoever, but just a way for people to identify them and ostracize them. Wearing such a bade only brings more misery for the person wearing it, that discrimination and more ostracization can be heaped upon them .

  4. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 1, 2016 at 4:10 am

    This badge of shame, has the marks of the dark days of Hitler’s oppression of the Jewish people. With the Jewish people during the dark days that the Nazi’s came to power, they wore badges that identified them as being of the Jewish descent. The Jewish badge was just a convenient way for the Nazis to identify the who were the Jews, and when it came round to imprison and exterminate the Jewish people, it was a simple matter of rounding up those people who wore badges.

  5. yoke chim yap on Feb 21, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    禁止的意思是什么?就是「不许可,限制行动,制止,阻止.,应该避免,禁忌。」
    当法王达赖喇嘛这边廂跟西方記者说他没下达什么禁令,但另一边廂却通过一些政治管道向寺院施压要僧人佩載徽章以識别是否有修 #多杰雄登 。这意謂什么?会造成何种後果?
    若是不依的人,会被如何对待?去到市场有錢買不到東西,有病不受理,要接受異样的眼光,孩子不能上学,被人隔離,就像你患了什么世紀傳染病,人見人怕。而造成如此可怕後果的原因,竟然是因为你选擇了一个而他人又不認同的修持。而下达这个指.示的人,却是一位全世界万人景仰的法王。他誏大部份的人失望,受苦及失去生命,誏人难以理解。
    新年伊始,许个愿,愿 #多杰雄登禁令快速解除。誏修持者早日撥开濃雾見青天。愿法王本着一颗佛心,諦造一个平等且人人都能依自已所喜欢的修持傳承与信仰。

  6. Alice Tay on Feb 16, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    佛陀的教诲一直以来都是以众生皆平等。每个众生就算目前是一只动物,但他们皆有佛性,总会成佛的一天。因此,所有的经书和传授佛法的上师,都会力劝人们皈依三宝与持素戒等等。

    在现实社会,一个国家必须持有公平的心态而设立法律来确保个人应有的权益与国家的安全。也因为如此,一个国家重要的领袖者,都会以民为主,他的每一个决定都必定顾虑到多方面而达到一定的平衡。

    此博文所分享有关色拉傑寺宣布使用徽章的事件,本人觉得如果这徽章只是像我们目前的普通学校来分辨此校的学生,其实这是有助于校方的行政与管理方面和保障学生们的身份和安全到达学校就读。但是,如果此徽章的用途不在于此,那就另当别论。

    坦白说,自从1996后,所有持修多杰雄登的僧侣或在家人,受尽西藏流亡政府的打压,失去了人民最基本的信仰自由。而色拉傑寺在此时欣然公布所有在此寺学习的僧侣必须戴上此徽章来分辨他们的身份和有持修多杰雄登的僧侣,简直是雪上加霜。有时候,我在想难道当地的学佛者忘了佛法最根本的道理了?那就是要有慈悲与菩提心,善待一切的众生,证上无等的智慧。而这一点,我相信普通的经书都可以阅读到。如果要更进一步的了解,我们也可以参考藏传佛教格鲁派的高僧大德,至尊加杰帕绷喀仁波主要的教诲《掌中解脱》。里面有讲述以24天包涵了八万四千的法来帮助我们证上无等的智慧。

    感谢仁波切,还有Pastor David 和Joy 的分享。此博文让我们看到在一个富有佛法的地方尽然也会发生自我矛盾的时候。

    衷心的祈愿达赖尊者可以尽快为多杰雄登修行解禁。多杰雄登的信徒不再受歧视而是尊重。

    谢谢。_/\_

  7. Julia Tan on Feb 9, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    I was told but my precious Guru, H.E. The 25th Tsem Rinpoche that Buddhist monk robe is very pure, sacred and it represent the vows who wear it. Hence it shows no identity of who you are but a monk or nun which means whoever wears a robe are equal. The robe that wore by the holy and pure Lama also commonly served as a relics to his students. I am very sad to know that this badge is being forced to pin on the monk robes so that they will called themselves more “DISTINGUISH” than others because they are PRO-DALAI LAMA.

    I doubt those who come out with this idea know about the real purpose of wearing the monk robe which started by Lord Buddha himself 2500 years ago. placing this badge on their robe is not only a sign of discrimination, it’s also an insulation to all the monks in the Sera Jey. They are being forced to do something that against their vows. They are being forced to do what is against their practice and what they believed in.

    I do not blame those who took the badge and pin on their robe because they do not have a choice. They have to follow what have told to do so that they can remain in the monastery and continue their monastic study.

    Why CTA doing this to the monks? So much of suffering created for the sake of their own benefits. The whole idea is not even for Tibet anymore but money. What a shame!

  8. Stella Cheang on Feb 7, 2016 at 11:56 am

    The core of the issue never sway from the discrimination imposed by the Tibetan leadership on Dorje Shugden practitioners. The badge mandated by Sera Jey is evidentially one of those unjust rulings that instead of promoting peace, love and harmony, it spreads hatred, discrimination and suffering. These actions are blatantly against the teaching of Buddha and Lam Rim, not to mention against basic human rights and freedom of religion.

    What bothers me and pain my heart very much is the fact that these anti-Buddhism rulings were imposed by one of the most prestige Tibetan Buddhism Monastery college. I grew up watching movies and reading stories that depict how monks from Shaolin Buddhist Temple would rather die in honor than to let villains take a life of the innocent. What Sera Jey had done shocked me to the core. Has the world become so degenerated where Buddhism institution values fame, glory and material gain over the duty to be compassion? And allow ignorance to rule instead of confronting the Shugden issue with logic, reasoning and dialogue?

    To the people in Sera Jey, I hope you will come to realize that this ruling will have long and unduly negative effect on Tibetan Buddhism and on practitioners’ spiritual practice. We are already living in an era far away from Buddha’s pure teachings, full of distractions and disasters; please do not create more suffering and causes to divert us from the path.

    Thank You very much, Rinpoche, Joy and Pastor David for the latest news from Sera Jey. This opens my eyes that the 3 poisons can be in any form or shape.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  9. lewkwanleng on Feb 5, 2016 at 1:08 am

    It is very sad to see such discrimination from a world renowned monastery. Why would a monastery openly discriminate a group of practitioners? Is that what we condone?

    I stumbled upon someone discussed about this article, and you must look at the reply from “Ani Tsultrim”. It shows either he/she is ignorance, or lazy or just blatant in denial. The announcement is on Sera Jay’s website, for Buddha’s sake, and yet they denied such discrimination.

    For Ani Tsultrim’s information, the link to the announcement is here:

    http://www.serajeymonastery.org/component/content/article/152-announcement/969-identity-badge-of-sera-jey.html

    and I have included the screenshot for you too.

    comments-on-sera-jey-annoucement

    serajeymonastery-badge-announcement

    • Cynthia Lee on Feb 5, 2016 at 1:24 am

      Ani Tsultrim is a perfect representation of how ANTI-DS people are.

      As another prominent “champion” in We Need To Talk About Shugden Facebook Group who spread nothing but hatred, how can one trust any information disseminated by this group at all IF a NUN like Ani Tsultrim will not check out this simple blatant truth that this letter was indeed in Sera Jey Monastery’s website for validation. They refused to research, and investigate further before making baseless assumptions. This tells a lot about their claims and “deep knowledge” in the DS issue.

      Lew, she probably says you hacked into the website and uploaded the letter there. This is how they will attack back with childish notion when the truth prevails and they are at the dead end.

  10. Pastor Han Nee on Feb 3, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you Joy for this blogpost that highlights the issue of the latest Sera Jey Monastery ruling requiring all monks not practicing Shugden to wear a badge.You also clearly show how and why this badge is not designed for a spiritual purpose, but more to further discriminate between the Shugden and non-Shugden people.

    The Sangha in a Monastery have the principal role of preserving the dharma. For that, every step should be taken to ensure that the Vinaya code is strictly kept by the monastics. Hence if there is any ruling it should have to do with the reinforcing of this Vinaya code among the monastics. As you said,”If the ruling is not meant to discriminate and is strictly for a spiritual purpose, then why not implement rulings that reinforce the Vinaya vows. Why not enforce rules that would make the monks hold their vows well especially those that make monks be harmonious with each other, behave and speak in such a way that inspire faith and respect?”.

    Instead of bringing harmony among the sangha, this ruling is likely to create a greater schism and disunity among the sangha! Such further discrimination is bound to bring more suffering and anguish to Shugden people, who have already suffered much persecution and ostracism. There IS a ban on Shugden practice and there IS discrimination which has already led to much suffering, as this blogpost has clearly shown.

    This is indeed a badge of shame and is going to stir more conflict and greater hatred against Shugden people.

  11. Uncle Eddie on Feb 3, 2016 at 9:34 am

    It is sad and sadistic indeed to witness such a disturbing happening of degeneration existing in the World of Tibetan Buddhism today. I too, sincerely wish to join Spchua to pray and hope that this is not the signalling of the beginning of dark ages for Tibetan Buddhism. This “identity display through the wearing of a ‘badge of shame” inflicted upon Dorje Shugden practitioners definetely makes a cruel act to impose such sufferings on them! What actually is the main thrust of Buddhist practices in our Behaviour? As taught, firstly to tame our mental continum to become non-violent. In general, Buddhism as said in the great vehicle is primarily concerned with the altruistic compassion of helping others, and the lesser vehicle is not to harm others. Thus the root of all Buddhist teaching is compassion. As everbody knows, the chief quality of a buddha is great compassion. His great attitude of nuturing and helping others being the reason why it is suitable to take refuge in a Buddha, as I have learned. In this way, the three refuges for a buddhist, is Buddha, Doctrine and the Spiritual community – all have their root in Compasion. All religions are said to be having powerful systems of good advice with respect to the practice of compassion. Why then, such happening can exist in our Tibetan Buddhism as in this case? Can any good kind soul please explain!!! Om Benza Wiki Bitana Zoha.

  12. Suraj on Jan 30, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Dorge sugden is my choice.om benja wiki bitana sohaa.

  13. Pema Thinley on Jan 29, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Dear Joy,

    Thank you for sharing the news lah. It is very sad to know and unbelievable that such great monastery decided to implement such badge system though they might be sure of consequences. All teachings are without contradictions (lamrim) and knowingly they came up with this system. There is no way that this would say about not having ban and discrimination of shugden practitioners.
    We are getting to see and know the same things happening which happened to jews and blacks during second world war. 🙁
    When this is going to stop and be cleared for the benefit of all…. _()_

    • Joy on Jan 30, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Dear Pema,

      You are right! When is this kind of discrimination ever going to end? Therefore we should never stop voicing it out and standing up for this injustice and to do it peacefully. We need to keep sharing and speaking up until this bad situation changes and stops. Just like how racism ended in America where the blacks were heavily discriminated. Then there is also the discrimination on gay people who fought very hard to gain their rights as human beings which now in USA they’ve even passed the legislation in court for same gender marriage to be allowed and to be legitimate. Hence, we need to keep voicing out until such horrible discrimination stops… for the sake of Peace and Harmony for all.

      Thank you Pema.

  14. Sarah on Jan 28, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    This badge is truly a badge of shame. Those who wear it should be ashamed because they are promoting segregation and discrimination against Shugden practitioners who are their dharma brothers. Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t this tantamount to abandoning the Dharma? Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche had said in “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” that “we abandon Dharma any time we favour our own tenets and disparage the rest.” Pabongka Rinpoche said that “abandoning the Dharma is an extremely heavy misdeed, as we are told in the ‘King of Single-Pointed Concentration Sutra’ and other sutras.”

  15. Chris on Jan 28, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Thank you Joy for sharing the news on this new implement of Sera Jey Monastery.

    It is unbelievable that one of the top three prestige Gelug monastic university is willing to implement such a discriminating rule. This badge wearing rule is similar to what had been enforced by Hitler to single out Jews to be a victim of the discrimination of the community and his tortures. It is extremely unethical, unjust and in no way conform with the Buddha’s teaching and any human right constitution.

    Even without the badge, Dorje Shugden practitioners had been discriminated, attacked and treated very badly. I cant even imagine how would the violence escalate when Dorje Shugden practitioners can be easily identified.

    • Joy on Jan 28, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Thank you Chris for your comment… yes you are right, already without having a badge to discriminate them, they are already having a hard time just to survive. And on top of that the Tibetan Leadership (Central Tibetan Administration – CTA) continues to deny the fact that there is a ban or any discrimination on Shugden practitioners… well, if this is not clear enough evidence then what is? If CTA was really a democratic govt. who cares for their people, they would do something about this.

      To see this being implemented by Buddhist whose very core practice is suppose to be “compassion” for all sentient beings is truly disgusting and so very very shameful to say the least. They have basically put themselves in the same ranks as the Nazis who were prejudice against Jews and basically killed millions of them in the Holocaust. So we really need to get this news out to the world, to different media so that the same tragedy does not repeat itself. We can no longer be a by stander to such injustice because this is totally a bridge of our religious freedom. We need to help them, we need to SPEAK UP and STAND UP for what’s right and we need to do it peacefully but loudly and firmly.

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  16. nicholas on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Thank you Joy sharing this post.

    It’s sad to see the discrimination on Shugden practice come to this stage where badges implemented to further segregate the practitioners. I strongly agree with what had mentioned on this post that if it’s an advice by His Holiness the Dalai Lama then why should be identify who practice or not.

    If the advice is not meant to give negative impact why should it be segregated in such a way? Buddha’s teaching is for everyone and why this right has been taken away just because we practice Dorje Shugden? Why suddenly compassion and harmony no longer practice by the Tibetan leaders but only practicing the old age of cruel segregation and discrimination towards their own people. Why the Tibetan leaders have not come up with a great idea of uniting their people but instead coming up with al sort of enforcement just to destroy their people which lead to further destroy Tibet which already lost their country.

    If this badges is to promote the unity and harmonious of the people I strongly agree and support but if it’s just to create more suffering to the people it’s just another backward action from the people that never learn from the past which they just live with the past for the downfall of themselves.

    This badges implementation should stop as it show very clearly that it does not respect religions freedom and humans right.

  17. Spchua on Jan 27, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    I sincerely pray this is not going to be the signal of dark ages of Tibetan Buddhism, academicial is the fundamental pilar of up holding the greatness knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism.

    It’s so sad to see this actually happened, it’s more sad to see leader of current Tibetan Buddhism becoming this degenerate.
    It’s extremely sad to see His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama, direct or indirectly encouraging the whole pilar of Tibetan Buddhism work towards degeneration.
    Om Mani Pedme Hung

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    and stopped animal sacrifice at these temples. http://www.drukpa.com/about-us/our-yogis/the-three-divine-madmen 99%ppl focus on jab jum DrukpaKunley…
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  • Alice Tay
    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 12:16 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this and I was touched by this story very much. I personally think that this faithful dog must has very close karmic connection with its owner and it know that the owner is died. Furthermore, animals are very sensitive to our energies and mind states. So, if we are loving kindness and compassion, they can feel our love and care.

    As such, we must treat the animals like humans too. Not to harm them because humans can be reborn as animals and animals can be reborn as humans. We have to accept that humans and animals are interconnected and just like a family.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 11:49 PM
    Spiritual practice is definitely much more than doing good for others. When we practice “spirituality” without religion and from our own understanding, how sure are we that we are on the right track? When we practice spiritual with the guide of religion, we will certain progress and much easily to attain higher levels. Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/can-we-just-be-spiritual-but-not-religious.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 10:56 PM
    When we truly love and care for another being like a family, whether this other being is a dog or cat, a child or a stranger, it will break our heart when it is gone. Many people may not be capable of this emotion towards a pet but as we evolved, we will realize we are capable to develop such feelings for animals. It is common in the west to have pets cemetery because of this reason. Thank you for this article, Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/why-losing-a-dog-can-be-harder-than-losing-a-relative-or-friend.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
    Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

    Anyway, whether we believe the existence of werewolf is true or not, I believe that there are other forms of beings in world. And we should not handle or deal with other beings with violence and anger.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html

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 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
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My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
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Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
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Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap!  PHNee
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@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap! PHNee
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
6 days ago
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
6 days ago
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
6 days ago
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
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